New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese told reporters on Saturday the team "can't put all your eggs in his basket" when asked about the notion of wide receiver Victor Cruz making a full recovery from the torn patellar tendon that ended his 2014 season.
Speaking from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Reese said Cruz is on pace to return for the season, but a full recovery cannot automatically be assumed. Cruz, 28, tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during a Week 6 loss at Philadelphia. He had season-ending surgery shortly after, and later said he was hoping to return by training camp.
"When a guy has a big injury like Victor had, you can't put all your eggs in his basket," Reese told reporters, according to ESPN.com. "Our doctors say he looks good. I see him down in the training room, working out with our trainers and our medical people, and he looks good. But his game is quickness. And until you get out there and move around, you never really know how he's going to recovery from that. We're hoping and praying that he'll come back 100 percent and be the Victor Cruz that we know, but you can't put 100 percent in that basket."
Reese also said the Giants will look to improve their wide receivers this offseason, including in the draft if they like one prospect that is on the board. The Giants could have a deep receiving core if Cruz comes back healthy, as AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham, Jr., and Rueben Randle will return.
In the six games he appeared in before the injury last season, Cruz has 23 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown. He has not played in a full 16-game season since 2012, when he caught a career-high 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Giants finished 6-10 last year and the passing offense ranked seventh with 267 yards per game.
- Mike Fiammetta